7 August 2018

Mouat excited to be part of history

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Scotland skip excited ahead of Suzhou stage

Scotland skip Bruce Mouat is excited to become ‘part of history’ ahead of the inaugural Curling World Cup stage in Suzhou, China.

The first leg of the competition – that will allow athletes to compete for prize money, while representing their country for the first time – gets underway next month.

The Curling World Cup roadshow then moves onto stages in Omaha and Jonkoping, before the Grand Final takes place next May in Beijing.

Team Mouat won bronze in the 361º World Men’s Curling Championship 2018, defeating South Korea’s Team Kim 11-4 in the bronze medal match after losing 9-5 to Team Gushue from Canada in the semi-finals.

And the 23-year-old Scottish skip has said that the chance to compete at the inaugural Curling World Cup is something he is looking forward to.

Mouat said: “I think everyone enjoys being part of history in some way, so to compete in the first ever Curling World Cup Grand Final would be something to hold onto for a long time.

“A good performance at the first leg in Suzhou would secure our place in the Final next May, which would be an amazing end to our season.”

Mouat also highlighted the high standard of athletes expected in China next month, as well as the opportunity to represent Scotland in the opening event in Suzhou.

“This is my first time in China so I’m looking forward to the different culture and obviously representing Scotland at the first ever World Cup event,” Mouat added.

“It is really exciting to get a chance to play the best countries in the world so early in our season.

“With the teams getting announced, we are starting to see the strength of field and know we will have to be performing well at the start of the season.”

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